Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced critical benchmarks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been achieved, allowing the County to begin a gradual reopening. Phase I will start this Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m. The County plans for an incremental reopening, based on public health data.
Phase I allows additional businesses and activities to start and/or increase modified operations under specified guidelines. They are:
- Retail; curbside only
- Restaurants and bars; outdoor seating (curbside pick-up still allowed)
- Childcare; State-approved emergency programs open for dependents of essential employees and Phase 1 reopening employees
- Personal Services; hair salons and barber shops for hair only appointments
- Car washes; exterior cleaning only
- Manufacturing; fully reopen with precautions and guidance
- Outdoor Day Camps: following Maryland Department of Health guidelines
- Outdoor Youth Sports; following Maryland Department of Health guidelines
Certain outdoor recreation continues to be permitted; golf courses, archery, shooting ranges, marinas, campgrounds, horseback riding facilities and tennis courts.
The following businesses and services remain closed:
- Swimming pools; (however, licensing and inspection can be requested and conducted)
- Senior Centers
- Fitness Centers
- Movie Theaters
- Shopping Malls
- Nail Salons
Protective measures such as maintaining physical distancing, careful cleaning and disinfecting by staff and face coverings being worn by employees and customers, are just some of the measures being required of businesses that are in this initial phase of recovery.
“This is an important first step,” said County Executive Elrich. “But it is a first step, and restrictions are still in place. I know we are all eager to resume our activities, but based on careful discussions with our County Health Officer Dr. Gayles, we have identified certain restrictions that can be lifted. I urge you to follow the guidelines so that we can keep moving forward and not have spikes in the number of cases. This first phase can be successful if all of us do our part and follow the guidelines.”